Mo and I have been looking for a new spot for a long ride. My weekly long ride will be getting longer and longer as I get closer to Big Cajun and we were getting a bit bored of loops around the Lake Front (we are spoiled, I know). In our defense, when the wind blows out there, it isn’t a breeze, it’s a bellow.
Last year a colleague invited us to ride the Tammany Trace on the North Shore and we turned down the invite because we thought it was too far a car ride, but we ended up on the North Shore a few weeks ago for a different reason and decided the drive wasn’t as bad as we thought.
So this past Sunday when the wind looked fierce and the skies overcast, we loaded the bikes, packed our gear, and ventured outside of New Orleans.
We started near the Mandeville Trailhead, since that is the closest Trailhead from New Orleans and planned to ride out about 45 minutes and then turn around and come back.
The trail was paved so it was very smooth. Mo was surprised because although it was very wooded, we were were still very much in a neighborhood and a lot of houses had paths cut from their backyard to the trail.
From where we started, there were a lot of streets to cross and stop signs to slow down for initially, which ate into our pace. It took maybe 15 or 20 minutes of riding to really hit more uninterrupted trail.
I didn’t pay too much attention to which towns we rode through, but I know we got past Abita Springs because we passed the Abita Brewery Pub, which we visited a few years ago. There was more foot traffic in that area because there seemed to be a farmer’s market going on. Throughout the ride we saw several cyclists, recreational and serious, but very few pedestrians. Unfortunately, a lot of people weren’t wearing helmets. Why on earth do people do that? Coming from someone who has fallen off a bike (albeit while being attached to the bike), it hurt to hit my head wearing a helmet, so I wouldn’t even consider mounting my bike without one. The worst offenders in my mind were the adults wearing helmets riding with kids with no helmets. (Rant Over).
At around 45 minutes we stopped for water and to split a Justin’s Almond Butter packet. I took a couple of Salt Stick Caps too.
Once we finished, I ran a quick 15 minutes to shake my legs out and then we headed to eat. We ate at this cute little place close to the trail called Liz’s Where Yat? Cafe. The whole place was decorated in bright beachy colors and it was delicious.
Do you always ride the same area or do you mix it up?
Favorite breakfast food? Right now mine is an egg scramble.